This quick and easy pasta is a perfect light meal for when you really don’t feel like cooking – it takes just minutes to make and is bursting with flavor!
Similar to my Tomato, Bacon & Asparagus Pasta, this recipe has a simple sauce that is created by combining and cooking down olive oil, garlic and tomatoes. The secret – you add some of the pasta cooking water!
The garlic and olive are heated over a medium-low heat, which causes the garlic to infuse the oil with that amazing garlic flavor, rather than actually “cooking” the garlic, which can leave a bitter taste. Adding some red pepper flakes gives just a little kick of heat.
You can use any small tomato you like, cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes. I happened to pick up some of these gorgeous rustic tomatoes at our local farmer’s market and knew they would be perfect for this pasta. I love when they blister and burst in the pan.
Adding the pasta water adds a little starch to the sauce, so as it reduces down it thickens. What you end up with is this beautiful sauce that coats the pasta and gives it a luscious feel. The recipe below makes two generous servings, but could easily be doubled or even tripled.
10 Minute Garlic & Tomato Pasta
- 1/2 pound half a box dry spaghetti
- 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 3 cloves of fresh garlic minced
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes
- 1/4 cup parsley roughly chopped
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Fresh grated Parmesan cheese for garnish
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the spaghetti and cook, until about three-quarters of the way done.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the red pepper flakes and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes before adding the tomatoes and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until the tomatoes begin to blister, about 2-3 minutes. Add a ladle full of the pasta water and the chopped parsley to the tomatoes.
- When the pasta is three-quarters of the way cooked (it will still have a good bite to it), remove it from the water and add it to the saute pan. The liquid will reduce as the pasta finishes to form a sauce.
- Season with salt and garnish with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.
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